Article ID: cr.17-00245
An arteriovenous fistula is a rare complication of ruptured abdominal aortic or iliac artery aneurysms (IAAs). Its clinical symptoms depend on its size, with signs of heart failure dominating if the fistula is large. Herein, we present a case of arteriovenous fistula with an unusual presentation. An 86-year-old male patient presented with extreme lower extremity edema, skin erosion, and continuous lymphorrhea (starting 3 months prior). Despite the large fistula between the right common IAA and the left common iliac vein after the rupture of the aneurysm, he did not develop heart failure symptoms, as the large shunt was predominantly directed toward the left lower extremity due to iliac vein compression. Careful physical examination and a high index of suspicion could have contributed to an earlier diagnosis and management.